Be a Toursit in Kansas: Largest Ball of Twine

A few years back, I visited the world’s largest ball of twine. It was as anti-climatic as you would imagine. It was on my bucket list to be a tourist in my own home state of Kansas.

biggest ball of twine02 biggest ball of twine01Cawker City is home to the largest ball of twine and only 469 people, according to the 2010 Census. The ball measures more than 40 feet in circumference and weighs more than 14,000 pounds. 


Homesick: Kansas City Barbecue

I rarely find myself homesick, but one thing that is guaranteed to make me yearn for home is the mention of Kansas City barbecue. The Daily Meal posted an article “America’s 25 Best Ribs” highlights the best barbecue joints. To no surprise, three of the Top Four are Kansas City favorites. The four Kansas City joints to make the list the are Oklahoma Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s, Gates Bar B-Q, and Fiorella’s Jack Stack.

Photo via Oklahoma Joe's
Photo via Oklahoma Joe’s

My personal favorite is Oklahoma Joe’s. Last time I visited Kansas City, my dad took me straight to the original location from the airport. And yes, the best barbecue in Kansas City started in a gas station, where it still remains today. I recommend stopping in Oklahoma Joe’s original location for a Z-man or a pulled pork sandwich every chance you get. My mouth is salivating just thinking about it.